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  • State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes

    State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes LAKELAND — Academy at the Lakes’ magical and surprising run through the playoffs ended Tuesday afternoon. The Wildcats couldn’t find their shooting range and fell behind early, and despite a handful of rallies, Orlando Agape’s speed, length and athleticism made it too tall a mountain to scale as the Saints ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region boys basketball: St. Petersburg 51, Wharton 33

    TAMPA — St. Petersburg suffered its worst loss of the season against Wharton, a 41-point beatdown in December. Tuesday night, the Green Devils returned the favor. Sparked by a strong effort on the boards and an aggressive defense, and helped by a cold-shooting bunch of Wildcats, St. Petersburg kept its ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 9:51 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region girls basketball: Haines City 65, Freedom 56

    TAMPA — Taylor Emery, Hillsborough County’s all-time leading scorer, got hers Saturday. And that was just fine with Haines City coach Masha Paul. Because Emery didn’t get the victory. Despite 39 points from its best player, Freedom never recovered from early foul trouble, a myriad of zone defenses and an ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 10:07 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region boys basketball: Freedom 78, Strawberry Crest 54

    TAMPA — Strawberry Crest couldn’t stop Freedom’s Jamal Byrne in the first quarter, couldn’t slow down Sheldon Odunna in the second, and was torched by Chase Creasy in the third. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Freedom was able to empty its bench as it cruised to a ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:12 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region girls basketball: Freedom 62, Wiregrass Ranch 43

    TAMPA — Taylor Emery grabbed her spot on the court and waited for the ball. She floated to the middle, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere, to snatch a pass and race in for an uncontested layup. She did this over and over Tuesday night. Problem for Wiregrass Ranch was, those ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 10:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region girls basketball: Freedom 78, Plant City 35

    TAMPA — It started with a pretty little inside move and basket by Megan Clark. Then a short jumper by Taylor Emery. And another. And another. Swish, swish, swish. Emery was pure on a 3-pointer, and so was Nari Garner just a few moments later. Swish, swish. Then Bianca Igwe, ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 10:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District boys basketball: Sickles, Freedom move on

    TAMPA — Sickles is headed to the state playoffs for the 11th straight season, and Freedom will join the Gryphons as both posted victories Wednesday night at Steinbrenner in the Class 7A, District 8 semifinals. The Gryphons held off Wiregrass Ranch with its free-throw line markmanship, beating the Bulls 54-48. ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:14 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III tempted by USF, but sticks with Clemson (with video)

    Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III tempted by USF, but sticks with Clemson (with video) For those hoping there was something to the social media buzz claiming Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III might be changing his mind and was ready to shock the world by choosing USF, well, your window was open for about 60 seconds. McCloud said he woke up at 7 a.m., and ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Wiregrass Ranch's first DI football players in the books

    Wiregrass Ranch's first DI football players in the books Wiregrass Ranch made a little history Wednesday as football players Jaye Miner and Mark Hutchinson became the first from the school to sign Division I letters of intent. And while the longtime friends - it was Miner who introduced Hutchinson to playing football while the two were in seventh grade ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Pasco's Andrew Ivie solid all the way on Florida

    Pasco's Andrew Ivie solid all the way on Florida While other players recruited by former Florida coach and current Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp woke up undecided, Pasco lineman Andrew Ivie rose from his slumber Wednesday morning sure as can be. As soon as he could, he signed his letter of intent, scanned it into his computer and fired ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 2:53 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense

    District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch junior guard Trakyra Kidd picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of Wednesday’s Class 7A-8 district semifinal against Steinbrenner. It didn’t matter. Kidd stayed right there in the hip pocket of whichever Warrior player had the ball. Face to face. Feet moving. Arms flashing ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District girls basketball: Plant City ends region drought

    DOVER — Plant City coach Wilton Wilkerson has tried to look into the history of the girls basketball program he now coaches, but with little success. “I know the boys team has been pretty good in the past, but I couldn’t find anything really on the girls,” he said. He ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:03 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Every district game ‘must win’ now for Zephyrhills

    Every district game ‘must win’ now for Zephyrhills The statistics do not jump off the screen.  Zephyrhills rushes for 185 yards per game, pretty much average for teams across Florida. No one running back has eye-popping stats. Senior Jaylen Pickett leads the team with 404 yards and three touchdowns in five games.  Yet the Bulldogs are 4-1 and ...
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    Thu. Oct. 09, 2014 at 6:29 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Cotey: Time for this HomeTeamer to bow out

    Cotey: Time for this HomeTeamer to bow out When HomeTeam was launched in 2007, my first column was about all the reasons I love high school sports. The people, the places, the big  games, the rivalries, the kids and of course the concession stands. In seven years, that list is even longer, but now it’s filled with the ...
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    Thu. Oct. 09, 2014 at 3:36 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Football: Berkeley Prep 30, Fort Meade 7

    TAMPA — The Fort Meade fans unfurled a huge yellow banner that nearly blanketed the entire visitor stands prior to the second half kickoff of a game delayed after the lights went out at Berkeley Prep last week. It read: “Keep the lights on, you don’t want to miss the ...
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    Wed. Oct. 08, 2014 at 10:26 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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